Looking for a great trail in Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness, Arizona? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness ranging from 2.7 to 16.8 miles and from 4,527 to 5,479 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



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The trails in this wilderness will take you deep into gorges, high onto rocky ledges, past ancient rock art and long abandoned cliff dwellings.

Stunning hike, partly shaded throughout. View after view. Bring water shoes, when you get to the end of the view there’s an amazing spot to wade in the water and take in the scenery!

A beautiful trail and different to the others in the area. Mixing the trail with walking up/in the creek made it extra interesting. It's a must, again, to get an early start to miss the crowds and also give yourself time to get to the end. The further in you go the prettier and quieter it gets. Saw very few people until about 2km from the car park on the way back.

2 days ago

After hiking many other trails around the Sedona area this one was out least favorite, mostly due to it being less in the wilderness. The hike followed along a resort and private homes. Noise from lawn mowers and mechanicals running reduced the enjoyment. However the scenery was still beautiful. Definitely go to the boynton vista spur, that was great.

Best views we have be able to see yet I Sedona! We enjoyed this hike so much

4 days ago

I have done a lot of trails in Sedona. this was one I haven't done before. it has good signage, easy to get to, hard to get lost. $5 parking fee. views are ok, not better than other trails. the summit view is good not the best though. i think the best view is along the trail when you are walking alongside the mountain and near the resort area. the first half of the hike there is no shade and it feels warm. the second half there are tall trees with plenty of shade. by the last mile or so that's where the hike gets uphill and more difficult, other than that the hike is easy.

Nice hike if you want to see something other than red rocks around Sedona. Well shaded with fun creek crossings and beautiful scenery. Make sure to stop at Indian Gardens Cafe on the way back for amazing food!

Great trail easy to follow and the water crossing are fun. I was easily able to keep feet dry. however, others in my party loved getting wet so it's a hike for either side who wants to get wet or stay dry. We did encounter lots of smoke from nearby fires that settled in the canyon. Would recommend a face shield or bandana over nose and mouth. if you plan to hike this weekend and upcoming days.

Great one for hiking with a dog. Lots of shade and creek crossings and the pup had a blast! Got there at 9 on a weekday and found parking easily. A little confusing on which way to go in the beginning, a guy behind me told me stay to the right and that helped.

Great day hike with beautiful scenery. Very busy

10 days ago

Hiked the trail in the late afternoon. The trail is partially sun exposed but much of the trail is tree covered. Gradual rise in altitude punctuated by a steep climb during the last half mile. Trail surface ranges from dirt to rocky dirt to sand. Surprised a rattle snake in a dry stream bed and was rewarded by a stern warning from the snake. All in all, rewarding hike and very nice views.

10 days ago

It is a beautiful trail! Other than the cute little skunk I ran into it was amazing!!

Awesome hike with amazing views. Very pleased! Took us 3.25 hours out and back with very little stopping.

11 days ago

We just did the birthing cave hike. Google it before hand but basically you hike .7-.9 miles in, see the fence with barb wire and look to the left. There is some brush / logs blocking a trail and you take that about a half of a mile up to the cave. You’ll have another turn to the right but it’s easy to find.

Relatively easy hike but rewarding views. Hard to believe you are hiking in the desert if not for the canyon walls. Beautiful and tree covered. Very nice break from hiking in the hot Sedona sun. Made it to the trailhead by 6:30 am and we were the first on the trail. Saw no one until a mile into the return walk. Take a moment to listen to the running water. Very relaxing.

So lame. Don’t waste your money.

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13 days ago

We loved it. Would go again in a heartbeat. So mystical and magical and breathtaking. Well worth the trip. Hubby and I wrote out detailed instructions on how to get there. So have FUN. You take 89A going west out of Sedona and turn right on Forest 525C Road. It is approx. 9.7 miles from that point to the parking lot. After 2.8 miles you will cross a cattle guard, go left on 525C. Right is 525. After another 3.2 (total is approx. 6 miles), follow signs pointing to Sycamore Pass (same as 525C). You will see a very small house on the right. Keep going. You have 1.2 miles to go. On your right you will see a metal post that has the number 9530. That is the parking lot. If you have a 4X4 car/truck, you can take your vehicle in further. We could not. From parking lot to the trailhead, it is approx. 1.15-1.2 mile walk and it will be on your right. When you see a metal post with nothing on it, you are at the right place. Follow the trail and keep going up. Not too steep. Lots of trails at this point. When you think you are mostly up and you see a trail going to the left, follow it around the corner. It is just like the ALLTRAILS map. Stay to the left and hook a right. Not too far you will see the cave. Not much of a trail at this point. Mostly a very small ledge to walk. ENJOY THE VIEWS !!!

perfect scenery! I went a bit late in the day to miss holiday foot traffic. bring your navigation!! not well marked. there are several side trips that are great but if your like me I want to see everything and I got a little lost. I was very happy that my navigation got me back on track. the water crossings were fun. I would do this hike again!!

Beautiful trail all the way to the end of the maintained section. You can skip across rocks and avoid stepping into the stream for all of the main trail. At the very end of the maintained trail is when you will begin walking through the water. The deepest it got was close to my hips but can be much deeper of you’re not careful. It was fun navigating the stream to avoid deeps sections. Depending on the time of day, sun can be some of a factor but most of the time you will have shade near the canyon wall. Our campsite was very tiny and only suitable for two tents. There may have been more sites further on but we were satisfied. Highly recommend this hike and backpacking excursion for anyone trying to beat the Arizona heat.

Moderate climb up- quite steep steps in some places, so careful footing needed. Wonderful views in all directions of surrounding red rocks. Go early, not a lot of shade cover. Bring lots of water for people and dogs, need proper shoes for hiking. Love those red rocks!

Parked in the lot after waiting around 20 mins for a spot at 12:30. Not too shabby. Got to crossing #8 and had to turn around because of thunder. Great easy trail with water holes.

Start early. It gets hot and shade is scarce. I definitely recommend starting with the Cibola pass and Jordan trail And ending with Soldier pass. I want to do this hike again either early in the morning or a cooler time time of year.

This hike has two key components. The first 3.3 miles is on a well marked forestry dirt path that crosses over a stream in 13 places. Great hike for a hot day because a canopy of trees keeps you cool. We went around Labor Day and if you want to avoid getting wet you can. After the first 3.3 miles, the formal trail ends and you will get wet if you want to keep going....but you should keep going because the terrain is spectacular....narrows and water. It got up to about waist deep in some spots but most of the time is ankle deep. Very crowded trail but worth it. Park along the road near the entrance to avoid the long wait into the parking lot and fee. Signs say no parking but there were 6 cars parked there with no problem.

So parking is limited, but we arrived at 0600 and the rangers were already there. We used the self pay envelopes and left receipt on our dash. So if you want to beat the HUGE crowd, this is what I would do. There about 5-6 spots right before the guard house. The rangers stated to park as close to each other as possible and to ignore the parking lines. Trail is well maintained and wide. WE SAW OTTERS!!

23 days ago

Found the trail very relaxing as it wasn’t too busy-10-15 minutes between seeing people Did the hike in April and will do again in September when we return.

25 days ago

Love this trail for the worst park of the AZ summer. Lots of shade and you can get in the water as much or as little as you want. Very flat and easy. If you want to keep going, bring your hybrid shoes. We got there by 9 and after paying the $11 per car, it was easy to find plenty of parking.

25 days ago

Good trail, definitely warm. No water in the creek bed, we went in August. Definitely walk past the end of trail and hike up the red rock stairs. The only “views” worth seeing other than the standard Sedona trail views are definitely at the top of those stairs. Probably a better hike for the cooler months or when the rains are filling the creek.

Beautiful hike, even better if you continue up-stream past the end of the maintained section (what's described here on the app). trail can be a little tricky due to numerous branches, but they generally loop back onto the main trail anyway. When in doubt, follow the creek up (going out) or down (coming back). Parking lot fills up quickly, doesn't open until 8 (lines start approx 7 on the weekend) and is full by 8:15 on a Saturday. then it's one car in for one car out, so be prepared for a wait or a walk from a random spot roadside.

Great and lovely hike. A bit longer than what we thought but it was worth it.

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